|Jack Cust||San Diego||3/17/2007||Cleared|
|Sean Tracey||Chicago White Sox||3/23/2007|| Baltimore |
|Chris Narveson||St. Louis||3/24/2007||Cleared|
|Jermaine Van Buren||Washington||3/25/2007||Cleared|
|Adam Donachie||Kansas City||3/26/2007||Cleared|
|Luis Terrero||Chicago White Sox||3/27/2007||Cleared|
|Scott Dohmann||Tampa Bay||3/28/2007||Cleared|
|Kenny Ray||Kansas City||3/28/2007||Cleared|
|Andy Phillips||New York Yankees||3/30/2007||Cleared|
|Jon Adkins||New York Mets||3/30/2007||Cleared|
|Merkin Valdez||San Francisco||3/30/2007||Cleared|
|Andrew Brown||San Diego||3/31/2007||Cleared|
|Justin Germano||San Diego||3/31/2007||Cleared|
That's 47 players placed on outright waivers last spring training, with 41 clearing. That's 87.2% of players who could not make the roster making it through waivers without a problem. On top of that, what has happened to those players who were claimed?
Sean Tracey is best known as the pitcher who Ozzie Guillen called out for not throwing at a hitter. He wasn't even out of options last spring, so the White Sox were simply trying to clear room on the 40 man roster for somebody. He was then claimed by Baltimore, who eventually removed him after getting injured and struggling in the minors.
Texas claimed Ezequiel Astacio off waivers from Houston. Out of options, the Rangers also had to send him through waivers, where he cleared and put up a 5.5 ERA in AAA Oklahoma over the course of the season.
Jeff Salazar still had an option remaining, so he was claimed when he didn't have to be sent through waivers. Still, as a fourth outfielder at best, the Rockies didn't miss much from losing him.
J.D. Durbin is the most interesting of all of these guys. Ranked as the Twins' #10 prospect last year, injuries forced Durbin into running out of options in the spring. Not making the Twins roster, he was claimed off waivers by Arizona (8th priority). Arizona then tried to slip him through waivers, where he was claimed by Boston (20th priority). Boston, also without room on the roster for Durbin, put him on waivers, where he was claimed by Philadelphia (18th priority). Philadelphia, in what must have been a tumultuous few weeks for Durbin, pushed him through waivers, this time clearing. You could make the case that Durbin was lost as a result of being out of options, but the the Twins were truly serious about wanting him, they could have claimed him when Philadelphia put him out there. Durbin eventually put up an ERA north of 6 with meddling ratios in 65 innings of work as a swing man. This is not a move the Twins will end up regretting.
Michael Garciaparra was claimed by Philadelphia. In addition to being the latest to come down with Billy Ripken Syndrome, Garciaparra still had three option years remaining, and put up pathetic numbers across three levels last year before being moved off the roster.
In conclusion, two players who were out of options were claimed off waivers last Spring. Both cleared waivers within a month after being claimed. The amount of options a player has left should not be considered in whether or not he makes a roster.